An album of thirty-six prints reproducing paintings and drawings by Piazzetta, engraved by Giovanni Cattini or Marco Pitteri
Venice, c. 1743-1754
A project to engrave Piazzetta’s oeuvre was jointly conceived in the early 1740s by the printmakers Marco Alvise Pitteri (1702-1786) and Giovanni Cattini (1715-1804 or 1809), with an intentional division of the work: the “immagini sacre” were to be engraved by Pitteri, and “le profane” by Cattini. In 1742, Pitteri requested a privilege for engraving fifteen of Piazzetta’s “heads” (the Twelve Apostles, together with God the Father, The Redeemer, and The Virgin) and in 1743 Cattini published as Icones ad vivum expressae fourteen studies of character and expression, with a portrait of Piazzetta as a frontispiece. Both sets of prints are present in this album in fine, early impressions, together with another of Piazzetta’s “sacre Imagini” (Saint Paul) and five “Figure ideali” (all etched by Pitteri), making a total of thirty-six prints.